COMET fragment count now at 60.

By: cyclonebuster , 10:59 PM GMT on May 03, 2006

We think we know so much but yet we know so little! What are the chances a fragment can divert one of the asteroids in this scale in our direction. Up to 60 fragments so far but yet they only report about 30.

"Because comet 73P/Schassmann-Waachmann 3 is so close, Hubble images can resolve fragments down to about 3 miles (5 km) wide, said Weaver. And by putting several images together, they can for the first time track individual small fragments and chart their speeds and directions as they fly off."

This is very scary if the smallest pieces we can see are 3 miles wide. If one of those 60 hit us we are doomed.

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8. cyclonebuster
12:22 PM GMT on May 19, 2006
Here they show the "S" fragment:


Here they forgot it: Why?

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7. cyclonebuster
6:09 AM GMT on May 19, 2006
Scarry thing is the Earth has to pass through the orbital plane of 65 fragments other than this "B" fragment.The "S" fragment is the most alarming.

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6. snowboy
5:59 AM GMT on May 19, 2006
thanks for this very interesting blog cyclonebuster, and skyepony what a beauty of an image!
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4. cyclonebuster
5:54 AM GMT on May 19, 2006
You can bet more events like this can happen once the Earth passes through the orbital plane of all these 65 fragments come May 29th through June 19th.
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3. Sheraqueenofthebeach
3:21 PM GMT on May 11, 2006
REALLY cool shot you posted, Skye!
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2. Skyepony (Mod)
7:40 PM GMT on May 09, 2006
Here's a picture of it by the blogger Johnlanoue
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1. arcturus
5:37 AM GMT on May 06, 2006
I have been following this comet approach since March. Early on I got reports it would pass a safe twenty million miles from Earth. Lately the number that is being used is six million. This week I have heard a rumor that a piece will pass 209,000 miles from Earth on May 12th. Some astronomers have said a spectacular meteor shower is possible during May from the comet debris.

What i don't understand is the non-chalant "Oh nothing to worry about it's million of miles away" comments by 'experts'. If a meteor shower is possible and there are an untold number of <3 mile fragments who knows where, then just as easily one of those fragments could impact.

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